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Buying Sex: Should prostitution be legal in Canada?

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Buying Sex
Directed by
Kent Nason, Teresa MacInnes
Genre
Documentary
Classification
18A
Country
Canada
Language
English
Year
2013

Should Canada legalize prostitution? Kent Nason and Teresa MacInnes provide a straightforward presentation of both sides of the issue – culminating in the 2012 Ontario Superior Court decision dismantling the laws against brothels and pimping – that makes it clear the answer is anything but straightforward. What emerges is class warfare, a fight that pits a careerist lawyer representing sex trade workers who enjoy the job against women's rights advocates who speak for the victimized majority, the street walkers who are poor, abused and often native.

May 1, 6 p.m., Lightbox; May 3, 1:30 p.m., Scotiabank; May 5, 1:30 p.m., Scotiabank.

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Kate Taylor is lead film critic at the Globe and Mail and a columnist in the arts section. More

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